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Women & Power: A Manifesto (Hardback)
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Women & Power: A Manifesto (Hardback)

Hardback 128 Pages
Published: 02/11/2017

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We have to retell stories of women’s power, re-evaluate what power is.

Acclaimed classicist Mary Beard presents a revolutionary manifesto for our time, exploring women in power from Medusa to Merkel and presenting a new feminist roadmap. Hard-hitting, unapologetic and wise.

Beard explores the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power, and how powerful women resist being packaged into a male template.

With personal reflections on her own experiences of the sexism and gendered aggression she has endured online, Mary asks: if women aren't perceived to be within the structures of power, isn't it power that we need to redefine?

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788160605
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 185 x 120 x 15 mm
Edition: Main


With clearsightedness and wry humour, this self-described 'gobby woman' proves public speech is no longer the preserve of maleness. More power to her. - Laura Garmeson, FT

A modern feminist classic - Rachel Cooke, The Observer

This book is a treasure, both as a fascinating read in itself and as a fine work of reference to correct our lazy misconceptions about an ancient world that still has much to instruct us today - Herald

An urgent feminist cri de coeur, spot-on in its utterly reasonable plea that a woman 'who dares to open her mouth in public' actually be given a hearing. - Kirkus Reviews

Brilliant. - Jacqueline Rose, Guardian

Enlightening ... explains how misogyny works and why it is so resilient - Elif Shafak, Guardian

A sparkling and forceful manifesto - New York Times

Clear, rich, subversive and witty - San Francisco Chronicle

Mary Beard has become something of a star when it comes to bringing classical history to life. She exposes the roots of today's expectations of how a woman should behave ... A small but wonderfully potent call to action. With references to mythological figures such as Perseus, Medusa, Philomela and Telemachus, she shows how often we've been told that "Speech will be the business of men" and that a woman who breaks this rule may risk having her tongue cut out. Time for change, she argues - and now! - Jenni Murray, Guardian

An irresistible call for women to speak up, act and redefine their power - People Magazine

Praise for Mary Beard: 'She's pulled off that rare trick of becoming a don with a high media profile who hasn't sold out, who is absolutely respected by the academy for her scholarship ... what she says is always powerful and interesting - Guardian

An irrepressible enthusiast with a refreshing disregard for convention - FT

With such a champion as Beard to debunk and popularise, the future of the study of classics is assured - Daily Telegraph

Dynamically, wittily and authoritatively brings the ancient world to life - Simon Sebag Montefiore

Praise for SPQR: Fast-moving, exciting, psychologically acute, warmly sceptical - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Vastly engaging ... a tremendously enjoyable and scholarly read. - Natalie Haynes, Observer

Sustaining the energy that such a topic demands for more than 600 pages, while providing a coherent answer to the question of why Rome expanded so spectacularly, is hugely ambitious. Beard succeeds triumphantly ... full of insights and delights ... SPQR is consistently enlivened by Beard's eye for detail and her excellent sense of humour. - Sunday Times

Masterful ... This is exemplary popular history, engaging but never dumbed down, providing both the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life - Economist

Ground-breaking ... invigorating ... revolutionary ... a whole new approach to ancient history - Thomas Hodgkinson, Spectator

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Angie Groves at Blackpool

“Concise and important.”

A concise, informative little book on the theme of women's power and our lack of it. Using well thought out examples from Ancient Greece and Rome, Mary Beard ponders how women have been silenced, mocked and had... More

Hardback edition
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“Powerful and thought provoking ”

A short book, a powerful book and a well written book. This is, as it says, on the cover, a manifesto, a cry for women to have a voice and crucially to be heard, and for women to have the right not to be demonised. In... More

Hardback edition
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Catriona at Waterstones Head Office

“Short & Brilliant”

A short and brilliant set of 2 essays from Mary Beard using Greco-Roman tales to illustrate the origins of our cultural norms regarding women. It's written perfectly: intelligent and conversational, allowing for... More

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